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Ferguson Explodes as Police Officer Goes Free11/26/14
Ferguson, Missouri erupted last night after a grand jury held that white Officer Darren Wilson?s killing of black teenager Michael Brown was not a crime. We look at the process, the mountain of evidence and what the incident could mean for the country.
Politics Aside, Big Hurdles Ahead on Unilateral Immigration Reform
About half the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US will be eligible to apply for relief after President Obamas executive order. Who are they? Where do they live? Can public and private agencies handle a massive new workload if it...
President Obama?s Executive Order on Immigration: Five Million Protected
Republicans claim the President has created a ?constitutional crisis? by exceeding his authority with last night?s executive order to protect five million illegal immigrants from deportation. He says he?s only doing what other presidents have done...
America?s Hostage Policy: Is It Time for a Change?
The Obama Administration says it?s reviewing its policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorist groups for the return of hostages. The hard line is designed to discourage ISIS and others from seizing Americans. Is it working? Is paying ransom turning...
Keystone Bill Fails in the Senate
The Keystone XL Pipeline failed by one vote last night in the Senate, but there?s no doubt it?s alive to fight another day. Transporting Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico is a major issue in fight over climate change. But, so much has...
Money and Morale in America?s Nuclear Program
Maintaining America?s aging nuclear arsenal requires a perfect safety record. One mistake could lead to untold destruction. Is the cost of restoration worth up to a trillion dollars?
Iran?s Nuclear Program: Once Again, It?s Down to the Wire
President Obama wants to reduce the threat of Iran building an atomic bomb. Iran?s President Rouhani wants to free his economy from economic sanctions. Is that enough for a permanent deal after a yearlong temporary agreement that ends next Monday?...
Year Two for Obamacare: Is There Trouble Ahead?
More than seven million Americans have health insurance because of Obamacare. Another chance to enroll starts tomorrow. But another round of attacks on the Affordable Care Act is already well underway. We hear about new requirements and about...
President Obama Urges the FCC to Enforce Net Neutrality
The message from some 80 percent of Americans to the Federal Communications Commission is essentially, ?don?t mess with the Internet.? President Obama is also on board. But major interests say ?net neutrality? may not be all it?s cracked up to be.
Vets, Jobs and the Stigma of Service
Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how the stereotype of the wounded warrior might be keeping vets from finding meaningful work in civilian life.
Will the GOP Agree to a Truce with Climate Change?
Republican majorities will try to reverse the President?s war on greenhouse emissions- and increase domestic production of fossil fuels.How will the President and other Democrats respond?
Pulling Weed into the Mainstream
With more states approving the use of marijuana, pot has moved from hippie communes to executive boardrooms. As it becomes big business, will Congress consider lifting the total ban under federal law?
Putin Turns Up the Heat in a New Cold War
President Obama?s ?re-set? with Russia is a thing of the past, as Vladimir Putin continues to pose new challenges. We hear about NATO, economic sanctions, the price of oil ? and financial corruption.
A ?Wave" Election or Midterms as Usual
Democrat Barack Obama is now officially a lame-duck president, with the Senate controlled by Republicans and the House with its biggest GOP majority since 1950. How did they do it, and what?s next in the halls of Congress and in the White House?
News Media, Social Networks and Political Opinion Bubbles
Americans have access to more news sources than ever before, but they read, watch or listen most to the ones they trust. Liberals and conservatives make very different choices ? reinforced by the influence of social media.
Will the Campaigning Never End?
Despite expectations, Obamacare, immigration reform and global warming have not been in the forefront of this year?s mid-Term election campaigns ? but Republicans and Democrats are girding for battles to come. We look at the prospects for the next...
Does America Need a New Model for Disaster Relief?
The Red Cross -- America?s primary disaster relief agency -- is on the defensive after reports that it?s more concerned about public relations than public assistance. Is it hiding the truth or is it the victim of sensational journalism? Is it prepared...
When Will the Sun Be the Motor of the World?
Sunlight is free, and solar-power will soon be cheaper than oil, coal or natural gas ? even in the United States. We hear what that could mean for current energy industries, public utilities, government regulators and the homeowners of America.
Amid reports of mass casualties in West Africa from Ebola, the death of a patient in Dallas caused widespread alarm in the US. Since then, all seven other infected patients in this country have recovered. But the President and several state governors...
The Most Expensive Mid-Terms
There?s so much ?outside? money in this year?s mid-term elections that, in some races, the candidates don?t really control their own campaigns any more. We hear about unlimited contributions, corporate spending and secret money.
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